Date: Wednesday 14th December 2016, 7.45pm
Live on Sky Sports
Venue: DW Stadium
Admission: £25 (£25 in 2012/13)
0 - 2
26 mins Mo
Diame swapped passes with Isaac Hayden on the edge of the box, forcing his way
past two defenders and beating veteran
Jussi Jaaskelainen with a low effort from seven yards.
Latics 0 Magpies 1
78 mins Yoan Gouffran pushed on down the left before pulling the ball back.
The pass eluded Diame but fell to substitute Christian Atsu, who took a touch
before hammering home a rising left footed effort to register his
time: Latics 0 Magpies 2
"We have had some
games where we couldn't score the second goal and then we had problems.
"In this case, we knew that we needed
to finish the game with the second goal because they were pushing, crossing,
winning second balls, it was difficult.
"We needed fresh legs to change the
game and we did it. The team was working very hard to get three points.
"We tried to play well. The pitch
wasn't the best in terms of the possibility to pass the ball on the floor. You
could see they needed to control the ball and it was more difficult.
We try to play well and if we can,
perfect, because we will have more chances to win more games if we play well.
If not, we have to just work hard and try to win.
"We will try obviously to do it
(stay top) but Brighton are doing well. Hopefully we can keep winning our
games. We don't need to see what they are doing if we continue doing what we
have to do.
"(Chris Hughton) is a great
manager and they are a very good team doing really well. It's not easy to win
in any competition but in the Championship still they are winning - that shows
how good he is and how good the team is."
On fielding our first unchanged line-up this season:
"To be fair, I didnít know! They (the
coaches) told me before (the game). Normally, I think about the team
before the game and thatís it.
"I donít have any problem to change players or pick the same team -
when you play so many games, you have time for every one. The rest of the
players have to be ready just in case: they have to be available.
"Itís really good when you win,
because you know they (the fans) will go home happy. The support of the fans
is massive and amazing - if we can keep it the same until the end of the
season, then that is good news."
Warren Joyce said:
"There were some good opportunities but even more frustrating was that there
were opportunities where we didn't even get contact or efforts on target.
"There was no devilment, no real aggression to get a goal.
"Every game, barring the Reading game, we've always been in with a chance of
winning it. I don't think any of the top sides have come here, played us off the
park, cut through us and given us real problems."
Mo Diame scored his first Championship goal for
United, becoming the 13th different Newcastle player to contribute to our
current Championship tally of 43.
The Magpies have now won eight of their 11 away games to date in the
Championship, losing two and drawing the other. Their away record in the
2009/10 Championship season was 12 wins, seven draws and four
That lucky blue and orange strip got another successful airing - Wigan now
joining Leeds, Preston, Rotherham, QPR, Derby and Bristol as venues we've worn
it and won at. The opening Fulham night defeat at Fulham spoils the record,
while black and white was sported for the draw at Villa, victory at Barnsley
and defeat at Forest. The white one has appeared just once - at Hull in the
NUFC in the Championship after 21 games:
2009/10 46 points (W14, D4, L3) F35, A12 1st
2016/17 46 points (W15, D1, L5) F43 A16 1st
We've now amassed 46 points from the last 19 games (having
lost the first two) - just under 2.5 per game. Carrying on at
that rate would give us 107 points by the end of the season. Reading hold
the current record with 106, the mackems got 105 and we finished with 102
Yoan Gouffran was the only United player involved tonight and for our
last visit in March 2013.
Mags @ Latics:
2016/17 won 2-0 Diame, Atsu
2012/13 lost 1-2 Santon
2011/12 lost 0-4
2010/11 won 1-0 Sh.Ameobi
2008/09 lost 1-2 Guthrie
2007/08 lost 0-1
2006/07 lost 0-1
2005/06 lost 0-1 (LC)
2005/06 lost 0-1
1953/54 won 3-2 (FA) Broadis, Keeble, White*
(* at Springfield Park; all others at JJB/DW
Newcastle reclaimed top spot of
the Championship with a clinical display at the DW Stadium thanks to a goal in
each half from Momo Diame and Christian Atsu in front of the cameras on Wednesday.
Brighton's victory at Blackburn 24 hours earlier had seen the
Seagulls return to the top of the table, but Rafa's side quickly responded for the second time in a
week to regain pole position.
The performance wasn't that sparkling, but
winning at one of our least favourite grounds is
worthy of praise - as is scoring twice in this part of Lancashire for the first time
After his previous trio of strikes came in the EFL Cup, Diame retained his place
as part of an unchanged Magpies selection and netted his first league goal for United
against his former club.
The usual heavy pitch here didn't help (Wigan making their intentions clear at
half time by watering it further) and the home side's approach was evident after
when Jaaskelainen admonished a ballboy for doing his job too swiftly - after
just four minutes of the first half.
That was a rare moment of class in a game that never really got
going; United retaining their cautious approach and passes going sideways as
often as forward once they were a goal up.
An effort from Jonjo Shelvey
that Jaaskelainen almost parried into his own net on half time was the only other
notable scoring opportunity for Rafa's side and the second half followed a similar
That meant a Wigan side only kept
off the bottom of the table by beleaguered Rotherham stayed in the game and had
begun to sense that an equaliser was a possibility.
For all their pressure though (and some dangerous crosses that skidded across
the box) Wigan looked like a team en route to a fifth successive home game
without scoring - the apparently inflammable Will Grigg a damp squib that failed
to alarm anyone....
Karl Darlow's clean sheet only looked in jeopardy when Andy Kellett
shot from a dangerous position on 68 minutes. The goalkeeper was equal to that one and ten minutes later was leaping for joy
as Christian Atsu struck to finally allay any fears of a sucker punch of the
Aston Villa variety.
While other teams have flirted with the upper echelons of the table before
falling away (notably Norwich), Chris Hughton's Seagulls remain the chief threat
- unbeaten in 15 outings and with just a pair of defeats all season.
as tellingly though, tonight's win also extended the gap over third-placed Reading to nine points
- and a goal
difference of +27 compared to the +0 of the Royals worth another point in
Nice though it would be to win the league it's essentially meaningless - and the
momentum we've regained may yet diminish again in the coming weeks. The Shelvey
situation remains unresolved, with his like for like replacement not readily
identifiable and Jack Colback's absence lengthening.
Add in the fact that both scorers tonight will be in Gabon next month rather
than Gallowgate (a tournament that won't affect Brighton's squad, Cameroonian
Bong in dispute with his country) and one or two new faces may well be heading
our way as soon as the calendar changes. Safety first.